Update on Rock Island news

Posted Online: April 17, 2013, 11:11 am
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Press release submitted by city of Rock Island

Update Rock Island is a segment at City Council meetings given by Mayor Dennis Pauley focusing on news in Rock Island. The video segment from the meeting is available on YouTube.

Community Shred Collection Day – Mark your calendars for the library annual drive up and drop off event for shredding personal papers. The free Community Shred Collection Day is Thursday, April 25, from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm in the alley outside the Main Library. Please note that Thursday is correct, there is was an error in the Township newsletter. Representatives from Document Destruction & Recycling Services will be on hand to collect personal papers for secured bulk shredding at their monitored facility in Davenport. For additional shred days held at other libraries, check the Money Smart website or call (309) 732-7303.

Stargazing & Planet Viewing - Augustana College's John Deere Planetarium, 820 38th Street, will be open to the public on Saturday, April 20, 2013 for a free evening of stargazing and planet viewing. The planetarium will be open from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm, with indoor and outdoor programs. This year's open house will feature views of Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, and Saturn, with its magnificent ring system. Telescopes will reveal both planets as well as the mountains and craters of the Earth's Moon. The observation areas are unheated, so dress according to the weather. In the event of cloudy weather, telescope views may not be possible, but the indoor programs will be offered. For more information, please contact Gail Parsons at (309) 794-7318.

Golf Course Season Specials - Saukie Golf Course is offering a season special of $23.00 for an 18-hole round of golf and a cart every day after 10:00 am. Saukie Golf Course is conveniently located in the heart of Rock Island at the intersection of 31st Avenue and 38th Street. Call (309) 732-CART (2278) to set up a tee time. At Highland Springs Golf Course Pay for 9, Play 18 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Highland Springs is located in southwest Rock Island at 9500 35th Street West. Call (309) 732-PARS (7277) to set up a tee time.

Flamingo Follies – The QC Botanical Center is pleased to ask you to partake in the Flamingo Follies this summer. This exhibit will be an opportunity for regional artists to showcase their talent. Each artist who participates will be given a pink plastic flamingo lawn ornament to work your artistic magic on. You may paint, mosaic, turn it inside out, or plaster it. The method will be up to you as the creator. The artistically altered flamingos will be placed in our gardens for the exhibit "Flamingo Follies". For a registration form and deadline dates, email Beth at vs@qcgardens.com.

Citizen of Year Volunteers – Planning has started for the Citizen of the Year nominations. Council members Chuck Austin and Joy Murphy have volunteered to be a part of this year's committee.


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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